A glimpse at the impacts of the intersecting oppressions faced by lesbians experiencing relationship abuse in Macarthur Ja...
Abuse in lesbian relationships is common,getting help is not Women are often hesitant to disclose unless asked directly . ...
Gender-based violence, or violence against women (VAW), is a major public health and human rights problem throughout the w...
Experiences of abuse: non-heterosexual women experienced higher levels of all types of abuse   (p <0.001) Dr Ruth Mc Nair ...
Lesbophobia   = hatred & irrational fear o f  lesbians   Sexism: a belief in the superiority of men Misogyny: hatred of wo...
<ul><li>L esbophobia </li></ul>Institutionalised P ersonalised I nternalised Cultural Triple the Ripple: Jack Draper 2009
Some said they were married and lived together using terms  like wife and partner, others denied that a relationship exist...
, Following traditional cycle of violence  with palpable tension, explosion  and remorse cycles.  Tactics used included Ph...
Impacts of the abuse include  broken bones, cracked skull, bruises, black eyes, cuts,burns,fear, anxiety,depression, loss ...
<ul><li>more common to be a victim in first time relationships </li></ul><ul><li>can be victim in one relationship & perpe...
It is common to hear of lesbians being drugged or having their drinks spiked without their knowledge Triple the Ripple: Ja...
Sexist & heterosexist assumptions can alienate lesbians Triple the Ripple: Jack Draper 2009
information lesbians said they found useful Triple the Ripple: Jack Draper 2009
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Triple the Ripple – Abuse in Lesbian Relationships

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Jack Draper has a history of more than 3 decades working to reduce violence against women, including refuge work, policy development and co-training the Education Centre Against Violence course Responding to SSDV . Employing examples
from both victim and perpetrators’ experiences and using a discrimination framework Jack will explore the context of same-sex domestic violence, services used by victims, community responses to abusive incidents and observations of ideal support structures for clients.

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Triple the Ripple – Abuse in Lesbian Relationships

  1. 1. A glimpse at the impacts of the intersecting oppressions faced by lesbians experiencing relationship abuse in Macarthur Jack Draper September 2009 Triple the Ripple Triple the Ripple: Jack Draper 2009
  2. 2. Abuse in lesbian relationships is common,getting help is not Women are often hesitant to disclose unless asked directly . Screening can promote help seeking by victims of violence. Abused women can feel validated by a caring medical professional Laing & Lawler 03 Triple the Ripple: Jack Draper 2009
  3. 3. Gender-based violence, or violence against women (VAW), is a major public health and human rights problem throughout the world. World Health Organisation Shaping responses in the global fishbowl Triple the Ripple: Jack Draper 2009
  4. 4. Experiences of abuse: non-heterosexual women experienced higher levels of all types of abuse (p <0.001) Dr Ruth Mc Nair Triple the Ripple: Jack Draper 2009 19.8% 10.2% Harassment 38.4% 17.1% Sexual abuse 47.9% 25.4% Emotional abuse 11.7% 4.9% Severe physical violence 36.0% 18.3% Physical abuse 62.5% 36.7% Any abuse Bi/Les Hetero.
  5. 5. Lesbophobia = hatred & irrational fear o f lesbians Sexism: a belief in the superiority of men Misogyny: hatred of women Homophobia: irrational fear & hatred of gay men Heterosexism: placing higher value on heterosexual relationships Triple the Ripple: Jack Draper 2009
  6. 6. <ul><li>L esbophobia </li></ul>Institutionalised P ersonalised I nternalised Cultural Triple the Ripple: Jack Draper 2009
  7. 7. Some said they were married and lived together using terms like wife and partner, others denied that a relationship existed at all Lesbian abuse occurs across all races, classes, cultures, professions, ages, communities and relationship types. Triple the Ripple: Jack Draper 2009
  8. 8. , Following traditional cycle of violence with palpable tension, explosion and remorse cycles. Tactics used included Physical abuse Verbal abuse, Threats and intimidation Cyber stalking Emotional Financial Spiritual Triple the Ripple: Jack Draper 2009
  9. 9. Impacts of the abuse include broken bones, cracked skull, bruises, black eyes, cuts,burns,fear, anxiety,depression, loss of income, home, access to children, damaged belongings, being drugged, s elf harm, low self esteem. Triple the Ripple: Jack Draper 2009
  10. 10. <ul><li>more common to be a victim in first time relationships </li></ul><ul><li>can be victim in one relationship & perpetrator in another </li></ul><ul><li>can be serial perpetrators </li></ul>Triple the Ripple: Jack Draper 2009
  11. 11. It is common to hear of lesbians being drugged or having their drinks spiked without their knowledge Triple the Ripple: Jack Draper 2009
  12. 12. Sexist & heterosexist assumptions can alienate lesbians Triple the Ripple: Jack Draper 2009
  13. 13. information lesbians said they found useful Triple the Ripple: Jack Draper 2009

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